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There is a lot to do in Parismina - wildlife viewing, horseback riding,
canal tours and beachcombing. World class fishing is available in the canals
and on the ocean. Fishing off the beach can be great too!
It's Turtle Time again!!! The first
Leatherbacks made it to the beach the week of 2/16. Turtle season is from February - August, with the most active time being
mid April - mid May. Volunteer with the local turtle association or just get a taste of
authentic small time life in this beautiful Costa Rican village. Check out
our turtle page for more information.
As of January
2009, new "land line" telephone numbers are being assigned to residents
& businesses in the village - these new numbers will have a Limon prefix
and (supposedly) offer a better connection. And don't forget that all Costa Rican telephone numbers changed to 8 digits around
Easter 2008. All land lines now have a '2' before them, and all cell phone
numbers have an '8' in front. Thus, the phone number of the tourist kiosk
Check out the new Map of Parismina!!! Click
on the image to enlarge and print it!
bonito and shark can all be found in and around Parismina. Lodging geared
toward fishing enthusiasts is available for travelers of all budgets.
Remember that Parismina has no bank or ATM, and few places accept credit
cards - so bring enough cash!
del Parismina is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, at the mouth
of the Parismina river. There is no road to Parismina - it is accessible
only by boat or plane. Parismina is about half way between Tortuguero and
Limon on the Tortuguero canals.
The coordinates for the village are:
10 degrees 18 minutes 23 seconds North, 83 degrees, 21 minutes, 12 seconds
Join the Parismina Sea Turtle Commission
as a tourist or a volunteer and help patrol the beaches at
night, protecting the nesting sea turtles from poachers. Watch these
marvelous creatures come ashore to lay their eggs on the mysterious and
beautiful beaches of this lonely stretch of the Caribbean coast. A small
donation lets you tag along with a local guide for a night time beach hike
looking for nesting turtles! Tours available nightly, during turtle season.
Call the office for reservations or more information:
Hire a boat and explore the magical Tortuguero canals- a tropical
wonderland. A variety of tours are available from local guides - call the
tour office at 2710-7703 for more information. Bird watching enthusiasts will
be thrilled to see the roesate spoonbill, toucans, the elusive Moctezuma bird
and more. Tours can be geared toward fishing, watching wildlife or both.
Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and birds are all easily found on the canals
near Parismina. Call Ricky to arrange a tour at (506) 2710-1528.
Enjoy the local sports scene! Pick-up games of volleyball and soccer
happen almost every evening in the plaza in the center of town. Join the
locals in a game, or just sit and watch the action.
Go fishing on the beach or at the river mouth. Hire a guide to fish the
ocean or river.
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Iguana Verde - Ricky Knowles and his wife Jendry
offer charming and well kept cabinas in the center of town. Ricky and Jendry speak
English and can be of great help getting to know the town. They
offer meals with some packages - prices vary by season. Rooms start at 20$
per couple including air conditioning, or 14$ for a room without a fan. Ricky will
guide you on private jungle trails and can connect you with other
guides around town. Telephone 506-2798-0828 <new telephone # as of January
Cariblanco Lodge has rooms near the beach. Prices vary. Different rooms are available, some with private hot showers. The
cantina there features a open air restaurant which offers a limited menu of bocas and meals.
The local swimming pool is out front! Phone 506-8393-5481
Parismina Game Fish Resort offers sportfishermen
reasonably priced basic rooms for about 20$ with fans (no air conditioning)
. Hammocks are available, and tours can be arranged with local guides. Call
506-2710-1528 for more information.
The Caribbean Tarpon Lodge has re-opened with new
boats, great guides and all inclusive fishing packages from three days and
more. Tarpon, snook and shark are the fish to go for here and world record
tarpon have been caught near Parismina! A variety of packages are available.
Visit their website at www.costaricasportfishing.com or call (888)
Danilo and his family manage a hotel formerly named
The Carefree Ranch.
This charming hotel with its picket fence is located across from the
Catholic Church, and can't be missed if you arrive at the public boat dock.
The rooms are nice and clean and cost ~20 per person with breakfast included. Fishing tours may be arranged
here. Phone 506-2710-1479.
Camping is available; pitch your own or rent one of Don Alex's
cooking cabinas. Ask for Alex Periera at the
The luxurious Rio Parismina Lodge is a high end fishing lodge
specializing in Tarpon and Snook managed by Fernando Gonzales. Visit their web site at
Lodging in Siquirres
(the last town on the way to Parismina if you go via bus from San Jose)-
If you need to spend the night in Siquirres, the place to
go is Las Tilapias de Chito (~$40 US dollars for a room. Any taxi
driver will take you there from downtown Siquirres for less than 2000 colones / four dollars. This is a great
place with a bar, restaurant, canals, wildlife everywhere (I saw the two
biggest iguanas of my life on the top of trees there) along with Chito's pet
crocodile Pacho. Chito and Pacho do a show every Sunday at 4 PM. Telephone
(506) 2768-9293 or cellular (506) 8398-1517
A drab but cheaper alternative is the
Hotel Central which
has the advantage of being about a block away from the bus station - handy
for the early bus.
Homestays are a great way to support local families in the village and
get to know authentic Caribbean culture. Opportunities are available year
round, though turtle viewing and volunteer projects vary throughout the
Lodging Options For Volunteers
Please note - all volunteers must pay a $30 registration
Homestays are available where you can live with a local family. A private
room is provided, as well as all of your meals. It is a wonderful
opportunity to be immersed in a new culture and become part of the
community. The cost is approximately $25.00 a day for up to 7 days. You may contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you do a homestay
for more than 6 nights it is $20 per night and after 2 weeks it goes down to
$15 per night. That includes your room, 3 meals and they do your laundry.
Homestays can be arranged through the tourist kiosk -
506-2710-7703 MWF 2-4PM Costa Rica Time.
Cariblanco: An open-air beachside
cantina with unpredictable service, basic meals and drinks.
Rancho La Palma is run by Don Alexis Chavez and his
family at the new dock. Food is generally available from 6AM - 8PM and a
variety of typical dishes are offered. Or you can just hang out and watch
the boats come in and out enjoying a beer. Cerveca runs about 600 colones
and refrescos about 500, with a typical breakfast of gallo pinto con huevo
running about 1500 colones. Lunches and dinners start at around 2000 colones.
Salon Parismina: Elizabeth may
prepare you lunch, dinner or bocas at this cantina near the "new" dock.
Karaoke gets rolling many evenings.
There are a few great restaurants along the canals toward Tortuguero. The
locals affectionately refer to these places as 'dos' and 'tres'. If you head
out on the canals for fishing or sightseeing, either of these places makes a
Parismina is on the Caribbean coast of Costa, Rica. Fly in to the capital
city of San Jose. To reach the Caribbean coast, busses leave every day from
the Gran Terminal Carribe which is on Calle Central between Avenida 10 and
Avenida 11. To get to Parismina you will want to transfer busses in the town
of Siquirres. The bus from San Jose arrives at the 'New Bus Station' but you
will need to go down the street 200 meters to the 'Old Bus Station' to catch
your connection. If you need to spend the night in Siquirres, the place to
go is Las Tilapias de Chito (~$40 US dollars for a room. Any taxi driver
will take you there for about 2000 colones / four dollars. This is a great
place with a bar, restaurant, canals, wildlife. A drab but cheaper alternative is the Hotel Central which
has the advantage of being about a block away from the bus station - handy
for the early bus.
The most affordable way to reach Parismina is to take the public bus from Siquirres
to Cano Blanco. This bus leaves three times a day from
the old bus station. It is operated by Hermanos Caño-Aguilar. Their
telephone number is 2768-81-72. Schedule may change so call in advance.
Schedule: (Call Hermanos Aguilar at 768-8172 to confirm)
Siquirres (old station)
4:30 AM, 12:30PM (a third bus has been added - call to check - may have changed)
6:00 AM, 2:00 PM (a third bus has been added! Call to check - may have changed)
Siquirres (old station)
7:00 AM, 1:30PM
7:30 AM, 3:00 PM
A taxi may also be taken to Caño Blanco from Siquirres, this
costs about 20,000 colones or about 40 dollars.
From Caño Blanco (which is little more than a cantina/gas
station/dock), you can take the regularly scheduled water taxi if you show
up at the same time as the public bus to take you to Parismina.
The water taxis leave about 10 minutes after the bus from Siquirries
arrives. There may be
boats lined up offering this service. This 15 minute boat ride should cost
you around 1000 colones. 'Boteros' are almost always able to take you
to Parismina for 8,000 - 10,000 colones for whoever fits in the boat. They will drop you off at the Parismina 'dock'.
Parismina is passed by river on the way to Tortuguero on many
pre-arranged tours. These boats rarely stop in Parismina but special
arrangements may be made with many boat captains.
Alternately, boats may be taken from the port city of Moin (just north of
Limon) following the canals north to Parismina. There are a few new
regularly scheduled services which may be arranged from Limon, Cahuita or
Puerto Viejo. More information will be posted about this option soon.
Neither of the Costa Rican airlines offers regularly scheduled flights to
Parismina. However, Rio Parismina Lodge has a regularly scheduled charter
flight that carries its guests from San Jose. Charter flights to Parismina
are available. Daily flights to Tortuguero from San Jose are available on
both Nature Air and Sansa airlines.
Medical attention is available at a community clinic. A doctor visits the
village twice a week, currently on Tuesday and Friday. This changes
regularly. Parismina is an isolated village many hours from a major
hospital. Plan ahead and be careful! If you do find yourself sick, the
nearest full-time clinic is in the nearby banana plantation town of Carmen.
The nearest major hospital is several hours away in the town of Guapiles.
There are no
ATMs or banking facilities of any kind in Parismina so be sure to
bring enough cash.
Parismina has a clean, reliable municipal water system
which is safe for tourists to drink.
The phone number at the tourist office is
2710-7703. They are open MWF from 2-4 PM (US Central Time, no daylight
savings). From the United
States, dial 011-(506) 2710-7703.
If you need to contact someone, it is common to call a payphone and leave a message for the person you want to contact
with a time that you will call them back. Then, they can wait at the
payphone for your call at the arranged time.
The motor vehicle in Parismina is a tractor used for garbage collection.
There is no post office.
Tipping is greatly appreciated at the local restaurants/bars!
The village fills up for Semana Santa- reservations required!
Four different species of these magnificent creatures nest on the beaches
at Parismina. Several of these, particularly the leatherback sea turtle, is
hovering on the brink of extinction. Until recently, a lack of patrolling on
the beaches of Parismina led to widespread poaching. Although poaching
remains a problem, the people of Parismina have shown dedication to ending
this problem on their beaches. The village of Parismina is a fishing village
where the lives of the people are tied to the sea and people have a great
respect for it. Show your support by hiring a local guide to take you on an
night time tour. Be careful- the beaches can be dangerous. It is better not
to go alone,
day or night. Email
email@example.com for more information.
Learn more about the turtles that nest on the beaches at Parismina at our
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